PORTLAND, ME. – Just in time for the holiday travel season, the Amtrak Downeaster will be expanding weekday service of all trains to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine; four of five daily round trips will serve Freeport and Brunswick on weekends. Currently, the Downeaster makes five daily round trips between Portland and Boston with only three extending to Freeport and Brunswick.
WASHINGTON – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is accommodating the surge of holiday travelers, ensuring its passengers get to their Thanksgiving destination on time and safely with an enjoyable experience. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early.
In response to customer demand, Amtrak Acela Express (Boston – Washington, D.C.) and Northeast Regional (Boston – Virginia) services will operate extended schedules with additional frequencies and capacity during Thanksgiving week. Additional Northeast Corridor trains, including the Keystone (New York – Harrisburg) will require reservations in advance of travel. Regular Amtrak booking procedures apply.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that CTrail Shore Line East (SLE) customers who purchase a November Shore Line East monthly pass will be eligible to ride Shore Line East service through December 31, 2018. CTDOT also announced an expansion of Amtrak’s cross honoring program, which entitles Shore Line East monthly, weekly and ten-trip multi-ride ticket holders to ride Amtrak trains between New London, Old Saybrook and New Haven.
Customers should check shorelineeast.com for more information about the expanded Amtrak cross-honoring program which will run from Monday, October 22, through Friday, November 16.
$700,000 will help fund Amtrak project to install new gate and warning lights at Birnie Road crossing
LONGMEADOW – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced it has committed approximately $700,000 to help Amtrak make safety improvements at the public railroad crossing at Birnie Road in Longmeadow. This funding is expected to cover approximately 90% of the cost of the improvements. Amtrak, which owns the railroad line and is carrying out the project, will fund the remaining costs.
Indianapolis company on fast track with national product launch
(October 16, 2018 – INDIANAPOLIS, Ind) – People for Urban Progress (PUP), an Indianapolis-based nonprofit specializing in advancing good design and civic sustainability, announced today a partnership with Amtrak to repurpose leather seat covers from 20 refreshed Amtrak Acela Express train sets and save those materials from landfills by transforming them into luxury bags. The partnership is a direct result of how both companies fully embrace sustainability as a fundamental part of their businesses. This landmark project is PUP’s first national endeavor, and a new initiative for Amtrak as well.
WASHINGTON – Amtrak is announcing its new fall sale, “Amtrak Across America” to help customers visit many destinations across the country for up to 30 percent off a standard fare. This special fare is available on Amtrak.com from Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 12 and valid for travel from Tues, Nov. 27, 2018 to Wednesday, May 22, 2019 with no blackout dates, as it can be used for Christmas, New Years and other federal and local holidays.
Customers save 30 percent on travel throughout the Northeast on Northeast Regional and Acela Express Trains
WASHINGTON – It’s time to skip the traffic and remove the hassle for your holiday travel with Amtrak’s latest “Northeast Holiday Travel Sale” exclusively available at Amtrak.com. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Thursday, Sept. 27, customers have the option to travel conveniently and affordably on the Northeast Regional (NER) or experience upscale amenities on the Acela Express, for their winter train travel throughout the Northeast Corridor (between Virginia Beach and Boston), from Tuesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Jan. 5, with no blackout dates.
PORTLAND, Maine – A series of track improvement projects between Brunswick, ME and Dover, NH will cause changes and interruptions to Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service beginning on September 8, 2018 and continue into mid-October.
Customers earn points toward Amtrak travel and other rewards twice as fast
WASHINGTON – Traveling on Amtrak this fall is worth double the points and experience, with the return of the company’s popular Double Days promotion. Amtrak Guest Rewards members typically receive two points per dollar spent on Amtrak travel. During the promotion’s travel period, from Monday, Sept. 17 to Saturday, Nov. 17, registered members will see their points doubled.
Summer Infrastructure Renewal Program completed on schedule
NEW YORK – Amtrak has completed its summer infrastructure renewal work at New York Penn Station, allowing the Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, and Maple Leaf trains to return to New York Penn Station on Tuesday, Sept. 4 as planned. Since Saturday, May 26, these four trains that travel to and from Northern New York and Canada were running in and out of New York Grand Central Terminal to accommodate the track and infrastructure upgrades.